Colonels power past Men's Ice Hockey


WORCESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College men's ice hockey team lost 9-3 to visiting Curry College on Friday evening in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center in Worcester.

November 2, 2018
Fidelity Worcester Ice Center, Worcester
Score: Curry 9, Becker 3
Records: Curry (2-0-1, 1-0 CCC) | Becker (0-3, 0-1 CCC)

• The Colonels wasted no time getting on the board when sophomore forward Michael Snow (Medford, Mass. / Yarmouth Mariners, MHL) took a pass from senior forward Zach White (Milford, Conn. / New York Applecore, EHL) and scored just 1:06 into the game for his first goal of the year as Curry went ahead 1-0.
• The Hawks found the equalizer with 7:21 left in the first period when junior forward Tyler Forest (Simi Valley, Calif. / Williston State) took a pass from junior forward Trey McMillen (Grapevine, Texas / Rochester Ice Hawks) and scored his first goal of the season to tie it at 1-1.
• After a relatively stable start, the final four minutes of the opening period saw a veritable explosion of scoring. With 3:57 remaining in the period, Curry sophomore forward Kasper Kjellkvist (Vaxjo, Sweden / Vaxjo Lakers HC, Super Elite J20) put the Colonels up 2-1 with assists to sophomore defensemen Tyler Lindstrom (Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Winkler Flyers, MJHL) and junior forward Anthony Trujillo (Toronto, Ontario / Toronto Jr. Canadians, OJHL).
• Not to be outdone, Becker freshman forward Jake Cagnina (South Berwick, Maine / Boston Junior Rangers (EHL)) scored his first career goal, assisted by Forest and sophomore defenseman Christian Leon (Natick, Mass. / Boston Advantage) to tie it up at 2-2.
• Finally, with just 13 seconds to go in the first and Curry on the first power play of the game, the Colonels capitalized to retake the lead when sophomore Frank Cundiff (Oceanside, N.Y. / Springfield Pics, USPHL) scored, assisted by freshman forward Alex Ochterbeck (Dallas, Texas / Philadelphia Little Flyers, EHL) and freshman forward Mic Curran (Arlington, Mass. / Seacoast Spartans, Independent). The visitors therefore went into the intermission up 3-2.
• Overall shots in the first period were 21-10 in favor of Curry.

• In the second, it was once again the Colonels coming out with energy and momentum, as Snow scored his second goal of the game for Curry, this off a power play just 1:09 into the period with an assist to sophomore defenseman Joseph Thielen (Huntington Beach, Calif. / Cochrane Crunch, NOJHL). The visitors started to pull away with a 4-2 lead.
• Less than a minute and a half later, the Hawks were once again done in by a failure to kill the penalty when the Colonels scored their third straight power play goal of the contest when White scored to put Curry up 5-2 with 17:32 to go in the period, assisted by Thielen and senior forward Lionel Mauron (Lausanne, Switzerland / Springfield Pics, USPHL) as the lead increased to 5-2.
• Curry was even-strength for their next score, as senior defenseman Mack Heisinger (Winnipeg, Manitoba / Winnipeg Blues, MJHL) found the back of the net with 14:33 to go in the period, assisted by White and Mauron. The Colonels took a 6-2 lead.
• Then with 13:28 to go in the second, Curry sophomore forward Tristan Morin (Unionville, Conn. / Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, EHL) scored to give the Colonels a 7-2 edge, assisted by freshman defenseman Kalle Sundell (Helsinki, Finland / Syracuse Stars, USPHL NCDC) and junior forward Jordan Williamson (Okotoks, AB / Winkler Flyers, MJHL).
• Becker finally got one back on a power play of their own, their first of the game, when McMillen scored with 6:03 remaining in the second, assisted by freshman forward Jason Diamond (Lakeville, Conn. / Connecticut Nighthawks (USPHL)) and sophomore forward Charles Costello (Philadelphia, Pa. / Cape Cod Islanders). The Hawks pulled to within four, down 7-3.
• 7-3 Curry would remain the score at the end of the period. Shots for the second were 16-12 in favor of the Colonels.

• In the third period, a two-man advantage for the Colonels was too much for the Hawks' penalty-killing unit, as Snow scored his third goal of the game to complete the hat trick with 14:30 to go in the game, assisted by Heisinger and Mauron.
• With 5:22 left in the game and the teams at even-strength, Snow scored his fourth goal of the game as Curry went ahead 9-3. Assists were awarded to Mauron and White.
• Shots in the third were 17-4 in favor of the Colonels.

• Penalty-killing proved to be the Hawks' Achilles ' heel, as the Colonels went four-of-seven on the power play including three-for-three on the first three penalties of the game.
• Becker junior net-minder Grant Martens (Bloomington, Minn. / Helena Bighorns) got the start for the Hawks, recording 25 saves in 26:32. Junior goalie Cody Foster (Saugus, Calif. / Tri City Ice Hawks) came into the game in relief, recording 20 saves with a .909 save percentage.
• Curry freshman goalkeeper Vladimir Cibulka (Bratislava, Slovakia / Rochester Jr. Monarchs, USPHL) went the distance for the Colonels, recording 23 saves on the night.
• Total shots for the game were 54-26 in favor of Curry.

The Hawks and the Colonels will have a quick turnaround as they will play tomorrow, Saturday, November 3rd, when Becker travels to Curry for a 4:50 p.m. game.

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